The Constitution does not expressly grant the president additional powers in times of national emergency. However, many scholars think that the Framers implied these powers because the structural design of the Executive Branch enables it to act much faster than the Legislative Branch.
Unfortunately, the international banker controlled, Neo-Conservative/Neo-Liberal, Leftist, Communist infiltration of the United States Legislature (Congress/Senate) and the Federal/State Judiciary is complete, rendering the ability of President Donald Trump to lead and carry out the will of the American people impossible as head of the third Executive Branch.
This was precisely the fear of Federal Bureau of Investigation Director and Founder J. Edgar Hoover, but it unfortunately came true after his death in 1972.
After the former communist Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, the international bankers controlling communism instead focused on controlling and infiltrating the United States of America and its government.
This was made a whole lot easier after the U.S. Supreme Court case Citizens United v FEC allowed them to purchase each and every elected American government official with ease, even if entire communities of U.S. Citizens opposed them.
Currently in the U.S., gridlock remains the rule of the land, and even time-sensitive and desperate issues like lowering the astronomical cost of Obama-care from its enormous unaffordable premiums for the American people can not get rectified.
National Emergency Declaration
A claim of emergency powers was at the center of President Abraham Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus without Congressional approval in 1861.
Lincoln claimed that the rebellion created an emergency that permitted him the extraordinary power of unilaterally suspending the writ.
With Chief Justice Roger Taney sitting as judge, the Federal District Court of Maryland struck down the suspension in Ex Parte Merryman, although Lincoln ignored the order. (Greenberg, David, “Lincoln’s Crackdown,” Slate).
Herein lies the case and historical precedent for President Donald Trump to save the American Republic from the civil war existing by and between the “America Firsters” and the foreign globalist communist elements trying to derail the United States and force it to be subjugated into the international community without the rights and privileges accompanying U.S. Citizenship.
A linear succession of global internationalist Communists have led the United States in the Office of the Presidency for nearly the past 30 years, and their coordinated work against the interests of the American people is now nearly complete – each and every day President Donald Trump is running into oligarch-built road blocks and political glass ceilings designed to prevent him from delivering for the American people, and a full-blown Communist rebellion has now fully taken afoot in retaliation for his successful election by the American people.
This Communist rebellion has come in the forms of the ludicrous “Russia-Collusion” hearings in both the U.S. Congress and Senate, being propped up non-stop 24/7 by the mainstream media, and being spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a suspected leader and proponent of these international globalist communist infiltrators.
Many argue that Robert Mueller is merely taking revenge for the firing of James Comey, former F.B.I. Chief, who is also equally entrenched in the international banker communist conspiracy, having tasted it while working on the Board of Directors of London-based HSBC Bank after serving as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
President Theodore Roosevelt famously called the presidency a “bully pulpit” from which to raise issues nationally, because when a president raises an issue, it inevitably becomes subject to public debate.
President Donald Trump has successfully used his Twitter account and other social media outlets to raise issues important to the American people, as well as speak directly to them, in defiance of the Mainstream Media which is nearly 100% controlled by the international banks and global communists.
A president’s power and influence may be limited, but politically the president is certainly the most important power in Washington D.C. and, furthermore, is one of the most famous and influential of all Americans.
Within the executive branch itself, the president has broad powers to manage national affairs and the priorities of the government.
The president can issue rules, regulations, and instructions called executive orders, which have the binding force of law upon federal agencies, but do not require approval of the United States Congress.
Executive orders are subject to judicial review and interpretation, however, but this is after the fact.
The president, as the Commander in Chief of the United States Armed Forces, may also call into federal service individual state units of the National Guard.
In times of war, or national emergency, the Congress has already granted the President broader powers to manage the national economy and protect the security of the United States. (“Executive Power,” Legal Information Institute, Cornell University Law School).
A state of emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions that it would normally not be allowed to.
A government can declare such a state of emergency during a disaster, civil unrest, or armed conflict.
National Emergencies Act
The National Emergencies Act regulates this process at the federal level.
It requires the President to specifically identify the provisions activated, and to renew the declaration annually, so as to prevent an arbitrarily broad or open-ended emergency.
Presidents have occasionally taken action justified as necessary or prudent because of a state of emergency, subject to review by the courts, but again, after the fact (Youngstown Sheet & Tube Co. v. Sawyer, 1953).
The Act authorizes the President to activate emergency provisions of law via an emergency declaration, on the condition that the President specifies the provisions so activated and notifies Congress.
An activation would expire if the President expressly terminated the emergency, or did not renew the emergency annually, or if each house of Congress passed a resolution terminating the emergency.
After presidents objected to this “Congressional Termination” provision on separation of powers grounds, it was replaced in 1985 with termination by an enacted joint resolution.
The Act also requires that the President and executive agencies maintain records of all orders and regulations that proceed from the use of emergency authority, and to regularly report the cost incurred to Congress.
Unitary Executive Theory
The “Unitary Executive Theory” is a theory of American constitutional law holding that the President possesses the power to control the entire executive branch.
The doctrine is rooted in Article II of the United States Constitution, which vests “the executive power” of the United States in the President.
The Vesting Clause of Article II provides, “The executive Power (of the United States) shall be vested in a President of the United States of America.”
Proponents of the Unitary Executive Theory argue that this language, along with the “Take Care Clause” (“The President shall ‘take care’ that the laws be faithfully executed”), creates a “hierarchical, unified executive department under the direct control of the President.” The Structural Constitution: Unitary Executive, Plural Judiciary, Harvard Law Review, 105 (6).
In its most extreme form, Unitary Executive Theory can mean that neither Congress nor the Federal Courts can tell the President what to do, or how to do it, particularly regarding national security matters. Dean, John (2007), “Broken Government,” Viking. p. 102. ISBN 9780670018208.
National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive
The National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive says that, when the president considers a national emergency to have occurred, an “Enduring Constitutional Government” comprising “a cooperative effort among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal Government, coordinated by the President,” will take the place of the nation’s regular government.
This clearly places the President in his executive capacity to be above the other 2 branches, legislative and judiciary, to “coordinate” the “comity” by and between all 3 branches, during a declaration of this national security “emergency.”
This Presidential Directive was signed into law by President George W. Bush on May 4, 2007, which claims the power to execute procedures for continuity of the federal government in the event of a “catastrophic emergency,” such as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government functions.”
This condition would be very easy for President Donald Trump to satisfy, given the current circumstances of the U.S. Economy, extreme corruption/government gridlock, and communist infiltration of the U.S. Government in its current form.
The signing of this Directive was not surprisingly not covered by the mainstream U.S. media, or discussed by the U.S. Congress.
Since President Donald Trump has already declared a National Emergency with respect to the Opioid Crisis, even his own administration has case precedent to get this done on an immediate and urgent basis.
Trump: The Symbol of America’s Isolation in the World
The president of the United States, who came to power in 2016 with the slogan of “Reviving Washington’s Power”, has become the messenger of failure and defeat of his country in the West Asian region and in the international system. The U.S. numerous military and political defeats in countries such as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon were so outstanding that there’s no way Trump can brag about his achievements in the region.
On the other hand, many Democrats in the United States, and even the traditional Republicans, have been criticizing the President’s costly and barren foreign policy in West Asia. In such a situation, Trump attempts to attribute this failure to the country’s previous administrations and condemn them over what is happening in today’s world, especially in the West Asian region, and he blames Obama for Washington’s constant and extensive failures in this area.
Besides, Trump’s other projections about the hard conditions of the U.S. in West Asia are noteworthy. In his recent remarks, Donald Trump said that if he wasn’t at top of the U.S. political and executive equations, Iran would capture the Middle East (West Asia)! This is while Islamic Republic of Iran created stability in the West Asian region, and besides, has stood against the long-term, medium-term, and short-term and destructive goals of the United States and its allies in the region.
Trump’s strategic weakness in the West Asia is an important issue which can’t be easily overlooked. Of course this strategic weakness did exist during Obama’s presidency, but the truth is that it reached its peak during Trump’s presidency. And in the future, this weakness will bring severe blows to the United States.
The fact is that the strategic calculations of the United States in the West Asia region have all failed. And many of the pre-assumptions that Washington called them “strategic propositions”, have never turned into reality for some reasons, including the vigilance of the Resistance movement in the region. This is the reason why America is so confused in confronting the equations of West Asia.
Under such circumstances, the only way before the President of the United States is to leave the region and confess to his defeat; an issue that many American analysts and strategists have noted. It shouldn’t be forgotten that in spite of his campaign slogans for stopping the military intervention in the region, the current president of the United States has intensified conflicts and created constant security crises in West Asia.
The direct, perfect, and comprehensive support of Donald Trump for takfiri terrorists reflects this fact. Trump started his support for ISIL since the beginning of his presence at the White House in early 2017, and he stood for the terrorists until the fall of ISIL in Syria. Even now, Trump is attempting to revive terrorist and takfiri groups in Iraq and Syria.
Despite passing half of his presidency, Trump has claimed that the defeat in Yemen, Syria and Iraq was Obama’s legacy. There is no doubt that Obama and his two secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, played a major role in creating terrorist and takfiri groups (especially ISIL), and committed bloodshed in Syria and Iraq.
There is also little ambiguity in the strategic, operational and even tactical defeat of the Obama administration in the battlefields of Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. However, Trump can’t deny his share in this defeat, and pretend as if he’s the messenger of the victory of the United States in these scenes! The fact is that Trump completed the military and political defeats of the United States in the West Asia region. Today, the United States is defeated in the battlefield, and can well see that its pieces had failed in these wars.
On the other hand, the White House has lost the political arena of the region. The failure of the United States in the Lebanese and Iraqi elections, on the one hand, and the popular support for the resistance groups in Yemen and Syria, has left Trump and his companions disappointed in the region. In such a situation, attributing the recent and ongoing defeats of the United States to the Obama administration is completely expectable, and at the same time, unacceptable!
Finally, we can see that just like Obama, George W Bush, Clinton, Bush, Reagan and Carter, Trump is stuck in this strategic miscalculation in the West Asian region. Undoubtedly, in his last days in power, Trump will also understand that there’s no way he can overcome this strategic weakness through Saudi and Emirati petrodollars.
However, it seems that the scope of Trump’s defeat in West Asia would be wider than the previous presidents of the United States. Undoubtedly, in the near future, Trump, John Bolton, Mike Pompeo and Nikki Haley will become the symbols of failure in the US foreign policy, especially in the West Asia. In other words, the president of the United States and his companions at the White House will have to admit to defeat in the West Asian region at a great expense, and this is exactly what frightens the American authorities.
first published in our partner Tehran Times
Weather and White House Turmoil as Elections Loom
Hurricane Michael wreaked havoc as it traversed the Florida panhandle. The first Category 5 hurricane to hit the area since 1881 when records began, its 155 mph winds (only 5 mph short of Category 6) felled massive trees, blew away houses, collapsed buildings and left devastation in its wake. Relatively fast moving at 14 mph, it was soon gone continuing as a Category 3 into neighboring Georgia and then further up its northeasterly path. It seemed to signify a stamp of approval for the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on holding earth to a 1.5 degree Celsius warming issued a couple of days earlier. We are at one degree now so storms can only be expected to get worse.
In northeastern Turkey, a 300-year old stone bridge disappeared overnight. Villagers convinced it had been stolen called in the police. Further investigation concluded it had been washed away by a flash flood caused by a sudden summer thunderstorm further upstream — clearly far more intense than in the previous three centuries.
Ever more powerful hurricanes, monsoons and forest fires point to a proliferation of extreme weather events that experts relate to global warming. Yet President Donald Trump and his administration remain obdurate in climate change denial.
Thins are certainly warming up in the White House. Nikki Haley announced her resignation in an amicable meeting with the president. A staunch defender of many of Mr. Trump’s most egregious foreign policy changes, the UN Representative will be leaving at the end of the year to pursue opportunities in the private sector. So said the announcement. An astute and ambitious politician she has probably reassessed the costs versus benefits of remaining in a Trump administration. Some tout her as a future presidential candidate. Should she be successful she will be the first woman president, who also happens to be of Indian and Sikh ancestry.
The rap singer Kanye West visited the president in the Oval office. A ten-minute rant/rap praising him was followed by a hug for which Mr. West ran round the wide desk that had been seemingly cleared of all paraphernalia for the performance. He is one of the eight percent of blacks voting Republican. Sporting the Trump trademark, Make-America-Great-Again red hat, he claimed it made him Superman, his favorite superhero. And some suggested it was all further proof the place had gone insane.
A little over three weeks remain to the U.S. midterm elections on November 6th. Their proximity is evidenced not by rallies or debates rather by the barrage of negative TV ads blasting opponents with accusations of shenanigans almost unworthy of a felon. A couple of months of this and you lose any enthusiasm for voting. Perhaps it is one reason why nearly half the electorate stays home. Given such a backdrop, the furor over ‘Russian meddling’ in elections appears to be a trifle misplaced. Others call the whole business a ‘witch hunt’ and state flatly the U.S. does the same.
The old idiom, ‘put your own house in order’ is particularly apt when we realize the beginning of this affair was a Democratic National Committee email leak showing ‘the party’s leadership had worked to sabotage Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign’. It resulted in the resignation of DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Always fair, aboveboard elections? Not bloody likely, as the British would say. Given the rewards, it’s against human nature.
The hot November for Trump is arriving
Political turmoil in the United States has become extremely unpredictable. The turn of events became worse with an op-ed at the New York Times on September 5. Former White House strategist Steve Bannon described it as a coup against Donald Trump.
The reality is that the president faces domestic problems in his second year in office. This has rarely happened in the US political history. The issue is of great importance with regard to the approaching mid-term congressional elections in November. Republicans have the majority in the House of Representatives and the Senate, but they feel the risk of losing the majority in both houses due to Trump’s record.
Indeed, a feeling has emerged among some American politicians that their country is heading in the wrong direction because of Trump’s policies. Even former President Barack Obama has joined the election campaigns by breaking his promise not to get involved in political affairs.
The situation is not also good for Trump internationally. Disagreement with the European Union – a traditional ally of the United States – over trade and political issues, trade war with China, increasing tension with Russia, exit from international treaties such as the Paris climate agreement and the 2015 multilateral nuclear agreement Iran, have all made Trump to look dangerous in the eyes of the world. All these issues have made the situation unfavorable for Trump and his government at home and abroad.
But what is the answer of the president of the United States to these criticisms? The answer to this question is one word: economy. However, Trump is proud of his economic record.
According to statistics, the Labor Department published on September 8, US employment growth in August has beat market expectations, the non-farm payrolls increased by 201,000 from the previous month. Analysts were expecting growth of about 195,000.
The unemployment rate for August remained low at 3.9 percent. The average hourly wage rose 2.9 percent from the year before. That’s the highest level since June 2009. The latest figures are increasing speculation that the Federal Reserve will raise its key interest rate this month. The US economy expanded 4.2 percent in the April-to-June quarter, and is expected to grow more than 3 percent in this quarter.
But the economy cannot keep the president of the United States from the edge of criticism. Trump is in a difficult situation and worried about the result of the election and possible control of Congress by Democrats.
Issues such as the confessions of Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen on bribing women for having affairs with Trump and Russia’s possible involvement in the 2016 presidential election could possibly lead to his impeachment and his dismissal from power.
The US constitution says that the impeachment of the president should be endorsed by representatives from both chambers of Congress – the House of Representatives and the Senate. Democrats now have 49 seats in the 100-member Senate, and if they get 51 seats in the November election, they will still need at least 15 Republican senators to impeach Trump.
Still, if Democrats win the November election, even if this victory does not lead to Trump’s impeachment, it can put further pressure on him and cripple his government. According to a CNN poll, decrease in Trump’s popularity even among his supporters shows that the days following the November election will be hard times for Trump and his government.
First published in our partner MNA
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